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Italian language course introduction

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Italian is the main language of Italy, San Marino and parts of Switzerland (Ticino) it’s also spoken in USA, Australia and other places with Italian expatriate communities. The number of mother-tongue speakers worldwide is about 60,000,000!

Course features:

  • Taught by expert Italian native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All Italian course materials included.

Course timetables and enrolment


Why learn Italian?
  • Italian is one of Europe’s leading languages, with roughly as many mother-tongue speakers on the continent as English and French.
  • Young Kiwis can go and work in Italy for one year under a working holiday scheme. A knowledge of the Italian language would obviously make a huge difference to anyone’s job prospects.
  • Italy is probably the greatest magnet for anyone interested in the history of western art and civilisation; it’s like a vast cultural treasure house. Even a limited knowledge of the language helps to introduce some of the works of art.
  • Three cities in Italy are of paramount interest: Rome as the capital of the ancient empire and the heart of the Catholic church; Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance; and Venice as a unique and unforgettable link between eastern and western European styles.
  • Italy has made huge contributions to scientific progress, with Leonardo and Galileo being just two of the most obvious names.
  • Since the time of Boccaccio and Dante, Italian writing has been at the forefront of European literature.
  • Italy was the home of opera, and many of the world’s greatest works were composed in Italian; even today, Italian is the international language of music.
  • Italian food has achieved worldwide fame, and nearly all of us could name a good few Italian dishes and culinary expressions.
  • Italy has long been synonymous with fashion, elegance and design; go and see for yourself!
  • Italian cinema has long had a worldwide reputation, as have many directors and filmstars.
  • Italy is not just “culture”: the modern country has one of Europe’s largest economies. And Italian cities are not just museum pieces: they are full of vitality and energy, which nearly everyone finds infectious.
  • The Italian landscape is incredibly varied, ranging from alpine to mediterranean, and the picturesque villages and small towns give it tremendous character.
Is Italian hard?
  • Italian is descended from Latin and is related to Spanish, Portuguese and French. (Once you’ve mastered Italian, the others are really not that hard to grasp.)
  • A lot of the vocabulary is quite familiar to speakers of English, as we also have many words of Latin origin. (What do you think these words mean: “società”, “importante”, “conversazione”, “magnifico”?)
  • The pronunciation is quite straightforward: most of the sounds of Italian also occur in English. Just roll your “r”s and don’t be shy: gesticulate generously!
  • The language is largely written the way it’s pronounced – there are just a few clear rules, so it’s easy to read and write.
  • The basic grammar is not that hard – you can easily pick up enough for everyday conversations!
  • It becomes a bit harder when you start looking at some of the verbal constructions (tenses etc.), but once you have mastered these in one Latin-based language, you will find that the other languages are very similar.
  • Italian has a lot of dialects, but the standard language (based on the speech of Florence) is understood across Italy.
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